Kingdom Death: Monster release pushed back to Quarter 1 of next year

By Polar_Bear
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Sep 9th, 2013
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Kingdom Death has updated their Kickstarter project for Monster to say that they’re having to push back release of the game in order to make the pieces more detailed and of higher quality.

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From the update:

I decided long ago to match fans enthusiasm by offering my absolute best. Today that same decision has led me here. To ensure that the entirety of the project is the absolute best I can offer, I must delay it. Additional time will be spent on play testing, expansions, and plastic production. This includes a return trip to China to oversee the final 2-3 weeks of production in person.

If there is any one to blame for this delay, blame me and my absolute refusal to compromise the quality of Kingdom Death. A brand built entirely by fans and now thousands of backers. I have never before rushed anything to market or compromised the vision for this project.

This kickstarter has been an amazing opportunity for Kingdom Death and we will not squander it by simply rushing to the finish line.

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  • While it’s mentioned that the delay is in part “in order to make the pieces more detailed and of higher quality”, it’s not mentioned here that it means they’ll be going over to injection molded plastic as in GW quality instead of the PVC-blend that had been chosen. The update also mentions that some of the larger monsters will still be made in PVC as injection molding them would mean a lot more pieces (= way more expensive tooling). I can accept that.

    This is the best miniatuer related news I’ve heard in ages. Partly because I was dreading receiving my Kingdom Death KS goodies in that PVC material and secondly – I hope this will set the standard and make other manufacturers follow suit.

    THANK YOU Mr. Poots for going all the way to ensure the quality!!! This means the production is eating into your profit, but you are still doing it which I think is fantastic.

  • puster

    Sounds like the right decision. Customers will sooner forgive a delay then an early (or just in time) product that is lower in quality then expected – and KD created some pretty high expectancies.

  • Awesome news… wish I hadn’t ordered the resins now as the styrene minis would be even better for my tastes.

    Glad to see the shift away from PVC is gathering momentum.

  • Ghool

    I didn’t back this project. But, I am very glad that some one in the industry producing miniatures is realizing that the PVC/polyvinyl material is poor quality, and results in poor quality miniatures.

  • With you all the way Ghool. I think we are at the tipping point though. Momentum does seem to be gathering vs PVC. And hopefully Finecast is gone too… though I hear whispers about other people using a similar formula. Hopefully they get better results out of it… it has potential as a replacement for tin.

    TBH, I was happy just paying more for metal figs… though I accept the reasons given.. you wonder for the qualities of metal involved, how severe were the swings in cost really, I have heard both sides from various manufacturers…

    • Ghool

      I was happy just paying more for metal as well. It would seem that profitability is greater when using cheap PVC, and was the more likely reason for so many companies switching to it.

      Considering the prices are about equivalent with the former metal sculpts (at least in PP’s case) I would suspect the switch was made for profitability, and not the cost of materials.

      • Having read up a bit on the subject matter since last, I found a post discussing the material and method. The switch to the PVC/resin blend makes it possible to spincast. This is much much quicker compared to pure resin that needs to be hand cast and eliminates (almost) the airbubbles that cause the pinholes (unless you are pressure casting). Given also that a bunch of models are cast at the same time it saves a whole lot of cost in terms of labour. This is how metal is cast, but obviously this plastic is much cheaper and allows for faster production as far as I can tell.

  • Looks like Amera are getting a good amount of work out of the industry at the moment too (on the basis it is Amera doing it, I’ve heard that it is from some sources, though that may not be true).

  • Sorry, renedra, not Amera, wrong company.

    • Its not Rendra.

    • winter

      Looking at the pin and socket layout of the sprue frames, it’s a good bet that Wargames Factory got the job.

  • Fair enough, it did seem odd as they are not based out of China.

    Either way, I’m happy to see this step forward.

    Its interesting, in the KD examples, you can see a lower detail on the fur, but (I’m guessing due to increasing the depth of the relief) the strapping on the boots and clothes are way better on the plastics.

    So once someone really nails fur and hair (or pays for tooling machines that print at a high enough res to really capture the original sculpt intent) then all will be well.

  • This is an excellent piece of professionalism and good PR. I didn’t Kickstart this one, but I respect his decision.